The Assistance League of Reno-Sparks is starting the giving season early with a very big gift to Washoe County schools.
The organization gave nearly $50,000 to three local middle schools in a presentation ceremony at Miguel Sepulveda Elementary School in north Sparks on Tuesday.
Many of the members of the Assistance League are former teachers, who still want to give back to the students and the schools.
"As budgets get cut, good teachers don't want their students to suffer, so they often pay for things out of their own pockets," Assistance League Chair Annemarie Utter said. "So we are trying to help fund that gap."
The Assistance League gave three checks to Sparks, Cold Springs, and Pine Middle Schools, totaling $46,500. The money came from private donations and sales from their Reno thrift store.
The donations will go toward improving technology in the schools, adding programs for math and reading, buying laptops and digital cameras, and even developing a robotics program.
"It is nice to know that the kids are going to be the ones receiving the benefit," Utter said. "And it's also nice to know that we're helping teachers."
The Assistance League plans to give another $50,000 to 18 different elementary schools over the next two weeks.
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